Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/28/2015 - 10/31/2015
All Day

Location
Unity Temple on the Plaza

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PATHWAYS TO HOPE:
RECOVERING FROM THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR
A NATIONAL CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 28-31, 2015

UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA
707 WEST 47th ST, KANSAS CITY, MO

A Project of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School
In partnership with RezVets Veteran Ministry in Leawood, Kansas

CEUs will be available for clinicians, social workers, and clergy

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This conference will educate service providers, medical care-givers, congregations, community and religious leaders, and veterans and their families about the struggles of reintegration into civilian society for those who have served in the military. Major attention will be focused on moral injury, a concept Veterans Affairs clinicians suggested in 2009 should be distinguished from PTSD because the moral emotions such as guilt, shame, grief, and remorse, are greater factors in veteran suffering.[1]

Moral injury is the commission or witnessing of acts or events that challenge core moral values under conditions of extremity. Meaning systems and core beliefs about right and wrong and being a good person can be challenged in many ways, such as handling human remains, losing a best friend, being unable to help a civilian in distress, or being ordered to do things that violate one’s core values. The most severe collapse of a person’s moral foundations or loss of faith come from violating both civilian and military codes of conduct, for example killing civilians, friendly fire, or killing out of rage and vengeance-lust. Moral injury can lead to self-imposed isolation, substance abuse, homelessness, and suicide.

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